Volkswagen Group to Offer Electrified Versions of Its Entire Lineup by 2030

Ann Santiago
September 13, 2017

Volkswagen's e-mobility plans will see the company dedicate €20 billion (A$29.7 billion) to the industrial development of its new direction from now until 2030 including factory upgrades, staff training, the development of two new electric vehicle platforms, charging infrastructure, and battery technology and production.

That means that by 2030 the company plans to offer an electric or hybrid version of over 300 different vehicle models.

Volkswagen AG is putting its full force behind a shift into electric cars as the world's largest automaker accelerates away from combustion engines and tries to draw a line under the emissions-cheating scandal that's weighed on the company for two years.

Muller said on 11 September: "We have got the message and we will deliver".

As per the company's estimate, in the coming years, about one in four vehicles from the group will either be an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid.

The German carmaker said it will invest over €20bn by 2030 in the electric-car efforts. "By 2025, according to our forecasts, annual sales of the I.D. models could increase ten-fold to one million vehicles". Dieter Zetsche, his counterpart at Daimler AG, said he regrets that consumers have lost trust in diesel.

The French auto maker PSA is considering moving the production of electric vehicle components back to within the company. But the 12 brands under the VW Group umbrella collectively sell many more cars than either Sweden's Volvo or Britain's Jag, so we are still talking about an very bad lot of EVs.

VW will not be dropping combustion engines entirely yet as the infrastructure for electric vehicles is now not in place, Mueller told the BBC. New offerings of SUV or SUV-like body stylings on compact auto platforms include: Volkswagen's T-Roc, the SEAT Arona, Jaguars E-Pace, Kia Stonic, Citroen C3 Aircross, Skoda Karoq, and a so-far unnamed offering from Chery. "People want to have clean air, and we want to make our contribution here". Some of the models attracting the most industry attention will include: Audi's A8 four-door sedan with an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive; the eighth generation of the Rolls-Royce Phantom; and a new version of Volkswagen's Polo compact, which comes in gasoline and, yes, diesel versions.

The next instalment in Volkswagen's ID family is expected to be a large saloon, which is tentatively planned to be unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show. BMW now sells the i3 and the i8 but at the show it revealed plans for more electric cars, a bigger range as well as a handful of new ideas.

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